With the UK’s DIY home and garden market now worth 40 billion a year, lots of homeowners are taking repairs and projects into their own hands. Whether it’s work in the garage or in the loo, the average homeowner can handle most small projects. If you’ve noticed a leak in your shower, you may need to reseal your shower cubicle.
Water damage can be an expensive and destructive issue for a homeowner. Water can quietly drip into cracks in walls and get into the frame of your building. Mould may begin to grow, which can eat away at and rot essential pieces of your building frame.
If you’re looking for ways to limit the damage of a water leak in your shower, you may have to reseal your shower cubicle. Here is a step by step guide on how to do it.
Removing Old Sealant / Caulk
Start by scrubbing the whole shower down and getting rid of soap scum. This will keep it from growing once you open things up.
Remove your old caulk with a utility blade. Be as gentle as possible so as not to scratch your shower’s beautiful enclosure. If it won’t come up, blow hot air with a hair dryer to loosen it.
Softening old caulk can be tricky, but take your time and you’ll get most of it off easily.
Once its removed, rub the area out with a towel dipped in denatured alcohol. This will loosen any sealant that’s left and remove any scum. Then use a vacuum attachment to get into the cracks to get everything that’s left.
Let the whole shower sit and dry overnight.
Applying New Caulk
Pick up a caulk gun to make the whole job easier and quicker. Make sure you buy tubes of caulk that fit your gun.
Start by resting the opening of the tip of the tube against the seam. Start by caulking the vertical seams and corners first. Move slowly so that you evenly fill all the joints. Don’t stop and start, otherwise, you’ll end up with a jagged surface.
Grab a plastic spoon and use the back to press caulk into the seams of your shower cubicle. Smooth every area in the order which you applied caulk.
Move from joint to join until you’ve filled the shower. Allow the applied caulk to sit in the joints for 24 to 48 hours before you use the shower again. Introducing moisture could loosen the caulk and make you have to start again.
A Sealed Shower Cubicle Saves Money
Take your time to smoothly seal your shower cubicle. The better you do with this, the more money you’ll save on water damage and future leaks. Caulking the joints of your shower ensures you’ll also keep from causing conditions for a slip and fall accident.
If you’re interested in other shower solutions for your home, contact us for more ideas.
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